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Nashville Honky Tonks & Nightlife

Nashville is known for its vibrant nightlife scene, especially honky tonks. So whether you’re a local or just passing through, you won’t want to miss out on the best spots for live music, cold drinks, and good times.

Our guide to the best honky tonks and nightlife in Nashville is here to help you navigate the city’s bustling entertainment district. From Broadway to the outskirts of town, we’ve scoured the city to find the most happening spots for you to check out.

We’ll start by giving you a rundown of the city’s most iconic honky tonks. These classic venues have been around for decades, drawing locals and tourists alike with their authentic country music and rowdy crowds. But that’s not it! We’ll also introduce you to some of the newer hotspots that have been making waves in Nashville’s music scene.

Of course, no guide to Nashville nightlife would be complete without a section on the city’s famous dive bars. These gritty, no-frills establishments are where you’ll find the most dedicated music fans and the best deals on drinks.

But we won’t leave out the upscale spots, either. Nashville has plenty of swanky bars and clubs where you can sip on craft cocktails and enjoy a fancy evening.

If you’re looking for something a little off the beaten path, we’ve got you covered there, too! From underground music venues to speakeasies hidden behind unmarked doors. Nashville has plenty of hidden gems for those willing to explore.

Whether you’re in the mood for line dancing, jazz, beer, or champagne, Nashville has something for everyone. So grab your cowboy boots and get ready to experience Music City’s best.

Honky Tonk Central

This three-story Honky Tonk offers live music and delicious southern-style food! After hitting the dance floor, grab some nachos or a sandwich to refuel and keep the fun going!

Nudie's Honky Tonk

A historic multi-level venue that features live music and comfort food. Also home to iconic costumes created by Nudie Cohn and worn by musicians such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Elton John and many more!

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge is a historic hotspot for live music and nightlife on Nashville's Lower Broadway.

Robert's Western World

With live music 7 days a week, Robert's Western World is a Nashville nightlife staple! Grab some delicious grub and dance the night away at this fun Nashville Honky Tonk!

The Stage

The Stage is known for being a staple of Nashville country music. With a stage that has seen the likes of Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, and Hanke Williams, the Stage is a perfect place to enjoy live music!

Luke's 32 Bridge

Luke's 32 Bridge is an expansive Honky Tonk with 3 live music stages, 8 bars, and 6 levels. Founded by Luke Bryan himself, this Honky Tonk is a must-see!


Lively restaurant & bar serving American comfort food & featuring live bands performing weekly.


Intimate, no-frills venue for live music and also serves classic bar eats & a variety of beers on tap.

Tin Roof

Vibrant, rustic bar & music venue with creative takes on American pub food & craft beer on tap.

Rosemary & Beauty Queen

Vibrant restaurant & bar specializing in burritos, sandwiches & wraps, plus cocktails.

Mother's Ruin

Mother's Ruin is the perfect blend of your favorite local bar and cocktail temple. Comfortable decor and no door policy belie the staff's commitment to exceptionally crafted cocktails and customer service.


Cool neighborhood spot offering tacos, sandwiches & other light fare, plus draft beer & cocktails.

Nashville Palace

Classic country music acts perform at this famed, rustic honkey-tonk with dancing & pub grub.

Sid Gold's Request Room

A Rockin' Piano Bar and home of the Best Karaoke in Nashville.

Pins Mechanical

Pins Mechanical Company is the perfect place to enjoy old-school entertainment in a modern setting.

Printers Alley

Printer's Alley is a famous alley in downtown Nashville, and the home of a nightclub district.

L27 Rooftop Lounge

Trendy, chic rooftop lounge for craft cocktails, wine & Southern-inspired small plates at a hotel.